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5 Common PPC Mistakes Almost Every Business Makes

Marianna Muscat - Wednesday, September 2, 2020
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Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising can be a potent digital marketing tool as long as you use it with clarity, intent, and to its fullest potential. However, this can be challenging at times because it is not an exact science. It can take a bit of trial and error to achieve a good return on investment. With some research and tinkering, you can reap excellent rewards – up to $2 in revenue for every $1 spent, according to Google. To fast-track this success, it is best to avoid these five common PPC mistakes.

1. Not paying attention to data

Before making any hard and fast decisions about how your campaign is doing, and which ads and keywords to target, carefully analyze all the available data. You may find that you are doing well overall, with plenty of clicks and conversions, and so you might decide to keep your current spread of ads as it is. However, parts of your campaign may be working well, while others are not working at all. One or two of your ads may be carrying your entire campaign. Analyzing the data allows you to shift your strategy and spending to maximize your results.

2. Not using negative keywords

Many marketers either forget, neglect, or choose to ignore negative keywords. This can be a big mistake. While it may seem counterintuitive to target keywords that are meant to keep people away from your website, it is actually one of the best ways to establish your niche and make sure that you attract only visitors who are most likely to become paying clients. You would be doing both yourself and internet users a favor by establishing these limits at the very beginning. Yes, negative keywords will lead to less traffic, but they will eliminate only the non-converting visitors and ensure that you get the right traffic.

3. Not using ad extensions

Ad extensions can increase your click-through-rate by 10-20% – and they don’t cost any extra – yet many people forget to include them in their campaigns. As extensions can increase your ad’s reach, they can provide better value for money, and they offer more ways to reach you while increasing your online visibility. They may include contact details, site links, invitations to download an app (if you have one) or testimonials from your customers, among other things. Be sure to include as many of them as you can.

4. Forgetting to bid on your own brand keywords

You should always run at least one campaign that is dedicated to your own brand keywords. The main advantages of doing so are that brand keywords are generally much cheaper, yield higher search scores and convert much better than generic keywords. By neglecting to set up brand keyword PPC campaigns, you miss out on opportunities to capture your market.

5. Targeting the wrong keywords 

Sub-optimum keyword selection is a mistake that many companies make in their search engine optimization (SEO) efforts. It can be particularly costly when it comes to PPC, as choosing the wrong keywords can result in either no hits at all or hits that don’t convert to sales, but which you still have to pay for. One of the best ways to target your PPC ads is with long-tail keywords. The main characteristic that distinguishes long-tail keywords from short-tail ones is that they usually consist of two or more words that resemble detailed queries. In contrast, short-tail keywords generally consist of single words or phrases without context. Using long-tail keywords will narrow your traffic considerably and help ensure that your PPC costs are worthwhile.

For an effective, error-free PPC campaign that gives you the highest possible ROI, it’s best to engage the services of a professional search engine optimization company. WSI New Media Marketing in Greensboro, a proud member of the global WSI family, is a digital marketing company with considerable experience and success in strategies such as SEO marketing, PPC, content marketing and more. Contact us for more information.

Writing meta descriptions to boost SEO marketing

Marianna Muscat - Monday, July 13, 2020
SEO

There’s more to SEO marketing than choosing the right keywords. You should never underestimate the importance of meta descriptions. Those 150 characters are an essential part of optimizing your pages for Google. While the actual text in meta descriptions doesn’t factor into Google’s ranking algorithms, it’s still important because it helps to convince people to click on your search results. The more clicks you get in this way, the better your organic click-through-rate (CTR) will be – and this could lead to indirect improvements in your rankings.

So what is the secret to a good meta description? Here is a step-by-step guide. 

Be careful with the tone

The tone of the description must be straightforward and conversation while still being in line with your brand voice. This may seem like a delicate balancing act, but there’s no need to overthink it. The important thing is to encapsulate the essence of the page content in a simple and attractive way.

Include your primary keyword

This is a fun challenge for a copywriter: to include the primary keyword and a natural way that makes sense to the description. It’s vital to include the keyword in your description, as well as your meta title.

Include a call to action

Finish off your description with a tangible call to action for the reader. “Find out more…” or “Learn more here,” for example. A basic description of the content might be enough to attract a click but often, readers need that definite nudge.

Write in active voice

Passive voice has its place, but it should be a no-no in most marketing writing, especially in a meta-description, which is meant to be short, sharp and direct. So always stick to active voice.

Make sure the description matches the content

Don’t try to trick the reader into clicking with a description that doesn’t actually fit the content. Let your description be an accurate reflection of your page’s content. 

Remember that Google might cut you short

Although the maximum length for meta descriptions is 150 characters, only the first 120 characters usually get displayed in the search results. This means you need to be sure to get your main message across before that cut-off. 

Give each page a unique meta description

Don’t copy and paste one meta description across various pages. Each and every one of your pages must have its own meta description.

WSI New Media Marketing is a proud member of the global WSI digital marketing family. Contact us and see what we can do for your brand. As a leading digital marketing agency, we specialize in effective social media marketing, pay-per-click advertising, mobile content marketing, and SEO marketing. Contact us for more information.

What Are Trust Factors And Why Are They Essential To Your Website

Ken Bowden - Monday, March 4, 2019

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“Trust is built when no one is looking” – Seth Godin

Trust factors are subliminal keys that your website sends out to users. Here are some of the most important trust factors to include on your site:

  • Social Media Icons

Having your social media profile icons visible on your website is good for local SEO and PR purposes, as well as establishing trust. You can put your social media icons in your website’s footer, at the top of the page, and on your Contact Us page. Make sure the icons link to your social media profiles and that these pages are regularly updated.

  • Site Navigation

Your site structure should be designed with users in mind. Not only does it help search engine crawlers to index pages, but it shows users that your website (and business) has been carefully planned and executed.

  • Contact Information

Include your phone number, email address, and full street address. This will help users to get in touch with you and to assure them that you are a legitimate business. It will also help to drive leads.

  • Reviews

People want to do business with companies that have been reviewed by real people. Reach out to your existing and happy clients and ask them if they would give you a review to publish on your website. It is a good idea to do this once a year so that you have updated reviews. Set a reminder in your calendar so that you can get ongoing feedback to share with potential clients on your website. An added benefit is that it can highlight potential weaknesses in your business.

  • Blogs

Blogs are a great tool to drive traffic to your website and to drive leads to your website. If you have educational and helpful blogs on your website, it can also help to create trust with your website visitors.

  • Returns Policy And Warranties

If you are selling products on your website, make sure that you have your returns policy and warranties where website visitors can easily find it. People are cautious to part ways with their credit card details and this information can make all the difference in closing more deals.

  • Secure Payment Gateway Symbols

Potential clients need to know that you are using trusted payment gateways and credit card processing. Include the information and iconic logos on your website.

WSI New Media Marketing is one of the top web design companies in Greensboro, North Carolina. Contact us for SEO Optimization services, pay per click advertising, and more.

Digital Marketing Trends for 2019 from Top Social Media Agencies!

Ken Bowden - Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2019

Are you keen to learn more about the upcoming digital marketing trends in 2019? Whom can you trust to know exactly what is to come? Well, the top social media agencies, of course. Here are our predictions for digital marketing trends in 2019, as well as some helpful tips for putting them to use within your organization:

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality 

Virtual and augmented reality definitely are not newcomers to the digital marketing world – but it really looks like they are here to stay. Did you know that both markets are set to surpass $298 billion by 2023?

  • Voice Search 

One of the biggest considerations, when it comes digital marketing, is ensuring the best possible rankings and SEO optimization for your company’s website. That is why we always need to concern ourselves with how our potential clients are searching – whether it is by using Google or other search engines. According to industry experts, 2019 is sure to see a drastic increase in voice search queries. In fact, the figures are already astounding. For instance, one-third of the 3.5 billion searches performed on Google every day are voice searches. How do you cater for this? Simply start including long tail keywords and questions in your content. That is because when people voice search, their queries are usually a lot longer and more detailed.

  • Chatbots 

Ask any of the top social media agencies out there, New Media Marketing included, and they will tell you that the most crucial aspect of social media marketing is implementing an ‘always-on’ approach. Now, unless you plan to man your company’s social pages all day and night, the only way to do this is with a bit of help in the form of chatbots and automated messaging. Most website design companies will be able to implement a chatbot as part of your website design. Personalized responses are a big plus when it comes to using the latest chatbot technology. Thanks to machine learning, chatbots can be designed and developed to give people very personalized responses. Many times, people mistakenly believe they are chatting with a real person. While the idea is not to mislead anyone, you can ensure that customers are being helped in a conversational, individualized way thanks to Natural Language Processing.

Another benefit of chatbots? They allow you to gain actionable business insights. With chatbots, you will have digital assistants who are gathering huge amounts of data about your customers. You will be able to pick up on trends and issues in real time, gain actionable insights, and incorporate these insights into your business strategy and digital marketing strategy.

When it comes to digital marketing, including pay per click (PPC) advertising and mobile marketing, look no further than New Media Marketing. We are one of the top social media agencies that will be there to help you embrace each and every trend that 2019 brings with it. Contact us today to learn more.

Essential Online Marketing Tips to Boost Your Retail Strategy This Festive Season

Ken Bowden - Saturday, November 3, 2018
ecommerce 101

ecommerce 101

In the peak season leading up to Christmas, your SEO marketing and digital strategies become even more important. To make the most out of the spending frenzy, here are a few essential online marketing tips to boost your retail strategy:

Remarketing Is Key

Remarketing is an indispensable technique for retailers during the festive season. The retargeted customer spends close to 50% more than the average customer does during the peak spending season and retailers see an average increase of over 21% on peak days such as Cyber Monday. Some tips to optimize your remarketing strategy include:

  • Optimizing the copy in your ads, graphics, and calls-to-action in line with the big spending days, promotions or sales that you are offering. Encourage direct response through compelling copy.
  • Drill down into segmented audiences and avoid retargeting shoppers with product categories that they have already bought. For personalization to work, you need to make sure you are displaying products that they would want to buy, not things that they already own.
  • Create long tail campaigns by using your peak database to cross and up-sell after Christmas. Many people will be looking for great offers during January when many retailers have big sales. You can use this as an opportunity to remarket products that customers showed interest in during the festive season.
  • Retarget customers who have added items into your website’s shopping cart with personalized reminders, delivery deals and extra discounts.
  • Re-engage customers who have bought products or have taken up special discounts and deals during the festive season. Offer them new, even more compelling deals.

For effective social media marketing during the festive season, make use of social media automation tools such as Hootsuite. That way, you can schedule your content, promotions, and sales content in advance. Research the peak times on the different social media platforms to get your time scheduling right, but do not schedule all your content in advance. You need to be able to respond to customer feedback in real time and advertise relevant promotions on the fly, so be sure you have a social media manager who is keeping track of your social engagements during this time.

WSI New Media Marketing is a digital marketing agency in Greensboro, North Carolina, specializing in SEO marketing, pay per click advertising, and mobile content marketing. Contact us to help you boost your retail strategy this festive season.

Tips for Creating the Most User-Friendly Website

Ken Bowden - Monday, September 17, 2018

Today’s consumers want to be able to find what they are looking for or complete an action within the shortest amount of time. Whether your website has been created to sell products online or whether it is an informative website to help people understand what types of services you offer and why they should partner with you, it needs to be user-friendly. If your target audience is not able to achieve whatever goal they had when they clicked on your website’s link, then it is not user-friendly enough and your resources are being wasted. Here are a few tips from a top website design company to keep in mind when you start creating your website:

  • Get Organized

The way your content is structured needs to be carefully planned. This means that your navigation has to be well thought-out from the start. Consider the following:

  • The different product or service categories you will need,
  • the information (or even drop-down options) that will form part of your About Us page,
  • what you are going to do to build trustworthiness and authority (such as testimonials or a secure payment gateway badge), and
  • How many clicks a user will have to make if they simply want to contact you.
  • Keep Your Content Simple

It can be easy to want to go into the finer points of who you are and the products or services you offer, but more content is not necessarily better. Hire a professional copywriter so that you are able to communicate your message in the simplest, most effective way possible.

  • Fonts and Graphics

Some fonts are easier to read than others are, and darker fonts on lighter backgrounds are the standard. In some cases, website designers experiment with fonts, colors, and graphics to create a unique effect and while this can be an impactful way to differentiate yourself from the competition, make sure it is not taking away from the user-friendliness of your site. Keep in mind that some people have impaired eyesight, so anything that is slightly confusing or more difficult for a person with full sight ability may be near impossible for someone with a disablement to complete.

  • Keep Your URL Simple

Your URL should ideally be your company name or the easiest derivative of it. This will make it easier for your customers to remember when they want to visit your website again.

  • Make It Mobile Friendly

Google has started to penalize websites that are not mobile compatible and for good reason. The number of people searching the web from their smartphones continues to rise, so your website’s design needs to be responsive to the various devices a person could be using to browse your site.

WSI New Media Marketing is one of the top website design companies in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Contact us for SEO optimization services, pay per click advertising, web design and more today.

What does Google think of your website?

Ken Bowden - Monday, July 23, 2018
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Google-Ranking

The internet is full of spammy websites and websites that don’t really add value to the web. Consider how often you hop onto Google to find information about something you’re interested in and click on something in the search results that seems relevant only to be taken to a website that doesn’t say anything worthwhile or is completely off the mark.

Many times, a Google that ranks on the first page of search results but doesn’t offer valuable information got there due to ‘black hat SEO practices’. This means that the website is currently succeeding at finding loopholes in Google’s search algorithms and ranking high due to using the right keywords in the right places and having a link building strategy that helps them pass Google’s spam radars.

The bad news for these sites is that their time is limited. Google is very focused on providing a good user experience and they continuously update their algorithms to make sure users don’t get sent to websites that only offer low-quality information. But how do you know what Google thinks of your website specifically?

One way to see what Google thinks of your site is by using the free keyword tool. This tool can show you what keywords the search engine associated with your website. If you use the tool, fill in your website’s URL in the section that says ‘website content’ and then ‘get keyword ideas’. Google will then show you the keywords that it believes represent your site as well as offer a list of suggested keywords.

While this can give you an idea of the keywords that Google associated with your site, it’s not a foolproof way of determining whether Google thinks you run a spammy site or not. Some of the tell-tale signs of a spammy site include the following:

  • Keyword stuffing: Well-placed and well thought out keywords in your meta title, meta description, alt text, URLs, and content can help search engines identify what your site is about, but don’t overdo it. If Google thinks you are overdoing the SEO and keyword stuffing, then they may be more likely to rank you as spammy.
  • No quality content: Spammy websites don’t have quality content that helps people. Whether you’re selling products or services, you need educational, high-quality content on your site so that people can read about what you have to offer.
  • Pages not found and broken links: Spam websites aren’t maintained and updated regularly. A red flag is many “Pages Not Found” messages and broken links on the site. Do regular housekeeping on your site so that your pages don’t lead to a bunch of dead ends.

Need help with your SEO, social media marketing or any other type of digital marketing initiative? WSI New Media Marketing can help you. Contact us for more information today.

5 Ways to Get the Most Out Of Pay Per Click Advertising Programs

Ken Bowden - Monday, May 28, 2018
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Pay per click advertising programs

Whether you have already experimented with pay per click advertising campaigns or whether you are just getting started, it is important to make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck. Here are the top five ways to get the most out of your PPC programs:

  1. Plan Your Campaign

It is not enough to have a broad goal such as ‘sell more of product X’ for your paid Google advertising campaign. Your campaign’s structure needs to be planned as opposed to setting it up haphazardly. Determine the following:

  • How many keywords are you going to have in each ad group?
  • How many ads will be in each ad group?
  • Make sure that you are putting the right ads in the right ad group.
  1. Have Options To Experiment With

As most digital marketers will know, your best bet is to have a few different campaigns focused on the geographic area and product you are targeting. This will give you options when it comes to tweaking your campaigns and ads for better results.

  1. Determine Your Metrics

The metrics that you are tracking will depend on your business as well as the goals of your campaign. If you are tracking click-through rates and conversions, for example, you can go through the historical performance of your keywords to see which keywords can be considered ‘high performing’ so you can really zone in on those keywords.

  1. Experiment With A Tiered Bidding Strategy

After you have determined the high performing keywords that you want to focus on, bid on the same keyword within the different match types, namely Broad, Modified Broad, Phrase, and Exact. If you are going to spend more money on one of the match types, let it be the Exact match type as this ensures you know exactly what a Google user has typed into the search engine. With broad match types, the person could be looking for information relating to the keyword phrase and the interpretation could be much broader, which could potentially lead to a lower return on investment.

  1. Keep Adding To Your Negative Keyword List

Without a solid and comprehensive negative keyword list, you could be throwing away a lot of money. While you may have a few negative keywords to include right off the bat, it is important to continuously evaluate your results so that you can keep adding to that list.

New Media Marketing is a digital consultancy in Greensboro, North Carolina. Contact us for social media marketing, SEO, pay per click advertising, mobile content marketing, and more today.

Pay-Per-Click Advertising

Ken Bowden - Monday, April 16, 2018
Pay-per-click advertising

Pay-per-click advertising

What do you know about pay-per-click (PPC) advertising? Very little? Or do you already know that you want to use PPC to market your business? But you aren’t sure where to start? Well, you have come to the right place! WSI New Media Marketing in Greensboro, North Carolina, specializes in designing and managing PPC campaigns for our clients.

  • What Is Pay-Per-Click Advertising? 

PPC advertising is an internet marketing model in which advertisers pay a fee each time one of their ads is clicked. It is a way of buying visits to your site, rather than attempting to “earn” those visits organically. A lot goes into building a winning PPC campaign:

  • Researching and selecting the right keywords,
  • Organizing those keywords into well-organized campaigns and ad groups, and
  • Setting up PPC landing pages that are optimized for conversions.
  • Search Engine Marketing 

Search Engine Marketing (SEM) is one of the most popular forms of Internet marketing. It involves the promotion of websites by increasing their visibility in search engine results pages; primarily through paid advertising (PPC).

SEM may incorporate search engine optimization (SEO), which aims to adjust or rewrite website content and site architecture to achieve a higher ranking in search engine results pages to enhance PPC listings. It allows advertisers to bid for ad placement in a search engine’s sponsored links when someone searches for a keyword that is related to their business offering.

Search engines reward advertisers who can create relevant, intelligently targeted pay-per-click campaigns by charging them less for ad clicks. So, if your ads and landing pages are useful and satisfying to users, Google charges you less per click, leading to higher profits for your business.

Obviously, this means that if you want to launch a successful PPC campaign, it’s vital to choose the right SEO company. Enter WSI, who is expert in:

  • Managing keyword and content optimization,
  • Driving high-quality traffic to clients’ websites,
  • Customizing paid search campaigns and overall paid advertising strategy, and
  • Maximizing on ROI.
  • Search Engine Optimization 

The only constant in SEO is change. Google makes anywhere between 500 and 600 algorithm updates each year. Most of these changes are minor. However, some can have serious effects on your rankings – businesses have been built and conquered on the search giant’s shifts in algorithm changes in the past – and no one wants to fall behind.

If your website has stale or irrelevant content, a heavy sales pitch and too many keywords, it could be damaging to your SEO efforts and directly impact your rankings. What is worse, the damage may already be done by the time you notice a decline in conversions and profits!

  • You Need the Help of an SEO Company That Will Keep You Ranking High 

2018 is but an infant and already the “Speed Update” has everyone at the edge of their seats. The expectation is that it is going to be even harder to achieve and maintain high search engine rankings. What you need is a fool-proof digital marketing strategy to keep ahead of the constant changes and updates; while gaining a competitive advantage in your marketplace.

WSI New Media Marketing in Greensboro, North Carolina, is an SEO Company specializing in adaptive search engine optimization services that will help you maintain web integrity while attracting more visitors and achieving higher conversion rates. As a dedicated, hands-on SEO company, we not only aim to get more targeted visitors to your website, we convert them into paying clients. We have been assisting businesses large and small to conquer the world. Now it’s your turn!

Give the experts at WSI a call today to find out how PPC and paid advertising can drive your brand forward. Speak to our friendly team now at 336.279.7000.

Color – How It Helps or Hurts Your Brand Perception

Ken Bowden - Monday, March 5, 2018
SEO

 

SEO

You can spend days and months contemplating your brand promise, your mission statement, your company’s culture, and what you stand for. But, none of that will be recognizable or memorable to your clients if you don’t consider the visuals that accompany your brand.

Some logos and fonts become so ingrained in people’s psyches that they don’t even need to accompany a brand name. Consider Nike’s swoosh symbol or the golden M of the McDonald’s arch and the feeling and ideas they convey. This is the work of:

  • Careful planning,
  • A deep understanding of branding, and
  • A deep understanding of the impact of color psychology.

First impressions matter and customers pay attention to the visual appearance of everything from your logo to your website, fliers, and in-store branding. Different colors have a different psychological effect and what works for one brand might not necessarily work for another. Here are a few interesting facts about the emotions that certain colors convey:

  • Purple

Purple arouses the feeling of opulence, royalty, and intelligence. If you think about the robes and dresses worn by kings and queens many years ago, purple often comes to mind. Purple has also been said to stimulate solution finding and creativity. One brand that has used the color purple effectively in their branding is Hallmark. The company’s corporate colors are white and purple, and the logo has a tiara on top. Hallmark did this to convey the feeling of luxury and also to instil a sense of nostalgia in their customers – and it works!

  • Black

It’s not often that you see brands choosing black as their primary corporate colour. Black is associated with elegance and authority. One brand that has successfully used black as their corporate color is Adidas. Consider how bold and traditional the Adidas logo is (and how it compels you to take charge and get active).

  • What About Gender and Culture?

The above mentioned are only two examples of the feelings and ideas that colours can convey, but obviously, this will depend on a person’s history, their own internal biases, their personal preferences, and even their gender. Researcher Joe Hallock showcased the preferences in certain colours across gender in his renowned study called Color Assignments. In his research, he showed that men’s favourite colours were blue, followed by green, black, red, and orange. He also showed that men’s least favourite colours were brown, followed by purple, orange, yellow, and grey. Women, on the other hand, prefer blue, followed by purple, green, and red; their least favourite colours are orange, followed by grey, yellow, and brown.

These are only some of the ways that colour can hurt or help your brand perception. Get in touch with WSI New Media Marketing in Greensboro, North Carolina, for an in-depth look at what you should consider when choosing your brand colours.

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